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The Perfect Accuracy

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Perfect Accuracy Golf Club
The Perfect Club started showing up in Golf Channel infomercials in 2002, and since then more than 150,000 have shown up in golfers' bags. The Perfect Club Company has added to its arsenal with its "Perfect Collection." The second club offered was The Perfect Plus. Now comes The Perfect Accuracy, a shorter, more lofted version designed to be easier to hit than a golfer's 5- and 6-irons or 9- and 11-woods.

Designing Perfect Accuracy

The Perfect Accuracy checks in at 38.5 inches in length with a loft of 24 degrees. That compares to the original's 39-inch length and 21 degrees of loft, and The Perfect Plus' 39.5-inch and 18-degree specs.

Like The Perfect Club, The Perfect Accuracy employs design features whose aim is to make a golf club that is easier to hit. First, it's shorter. A shorter shaft offers a golfer more control. As almost every golfer discovers, short irons are easier to hit than mid-irons, which are easier to hit than long irons. The added control inherent in a shorter shaft is one of the main reasons that is true.

Company president Peter Kessler explained the approach when he talked to About.com Golf about the original Perfect Club: "The only people who can really swing a long shaft that is lightweight ... are the 50 best players in the world," Kessler said. "(They) have the swing speed and swing path to take advantage of longer, lighter shafts. The rest of us need shorter shafts, not longer shafts."

Kessler added: "I don't know any golfer who doesn't like his 7-iron more than he likes his 3-iron."

The Perfect Accuracy employs other design features that will be familiar to Perfect Club fans. For example, there is more weight in the clubhead than in comparable fairway woods and utility clubs.

With more weighting in the clubhead, the player feels the clubhead throughout the swing. With a raised "V" wedge on the bottom of the clubhead, the club more easily glides through rough and better avoids digging into turf or sand. The loft helps get the ball airborne, while the short shaft gives a player a better shot at a good swing.

Another thing The Perfect Accuracy has going for it is its clubhead, which is a traditional shaped metal head akin to a fairway metal. There's a reason utility clubs and hybrid clubs have exploded in popularity, and that's the fact that most golfers find them easier to hit than long and mid-irons.

Any golfer who is a fan of hybrids or utility clubs will also be a fan of The Perfect Accuracy.

Taking Aim

On The Perfect Club Company's Web site, Kessler writes that "The Perfect Accuracy is not just for avid golfers; it’s the ideal first club for juniors taking up the game, for seniors who want to set aside their middle irons for an easier club to hit and for women who are new to the game and find 5 and 6 irons difficult to hit consistently well."

Those juniors, seniors and women should, indeed, find The Perfect Accuracy easier to control. But we do have some concerns that the weight of club might be an issue for some golfers in those target groups, particularly seniors who might have aches and pains in their hands and wrists.

However, we should point out that the model we tested featured a steel shaft. Juniors, seniors and women will almost certainly want a Perfect Accuracy with a graphite shaft.

In the infomercials, Kessler demonstrates The Perfect Club's versatility by hitting greenside chips and shots from fairway bunkers. As with our experience with The Perfect Club, what we found most impressive about The Perfect Accuracy was its performance from fairway bunkers. The added loft on the Perfect Accuracy increased its effectiveness and its utility from the sand.

The Specs

• Shaft length of 38.5 inches.
• Loft of 24 degrees.
• Designed to replace 5- and 6-irons or 9- and 11-woods; the company says golfers should hit The Perfect Accuracy 10-25 yards farther than their 7-irons.
• Classically shaped steel clubhead.
• Available with steel shaft from True Temper or graphite shaft from UST.
• Only R/S and A flexes available. The company explains: "The Perfect Accuracy comes standard with an R/S flex for men and an A flex for ladies. Due to the shortness of the shaft and the larger diameter of the shaft tip, one flex fits all. There is no material difference in the ball flight using different flex shafts at various swing speeds."
• Lamkin Crossline grip is standard.
• Comes with old-fashioned sock headcover, complete with the fuzzy ball on the end.
• MSRP of $100 in steel and $125 in graphite.

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